A dog was discovered in a heartbreaking situation recently—but she got an unlikely second chance, thanks to some compassionate strangers.
On May 12, a 13-year-old dachshund named Reese was found on the side of the road, on someone’s property in Fayetteville, Georgia. But this dog wasn’t lost or a stray.
Instead, an attached note revealed the heartbreaking truth:
He was abandoned by his owner on purpose.
Despite leaving the dog behind, the owner hoped Reese would be taken into better hands. “I hope [whoever gets] this please take care of my dog,” the note reads. ” “I love her so much, but I don’t have time for her.”
“I wish I didn’t have to do this, but I have four kids and no time for her.”
After being found, Reese was taken in by Royal Animal Refuge. While they were upset to see the dog abandoned, they withheld judgement on the owner and ask others to do the same.
“When we heard about it, obviously we were upset,” shelter director Mariel Weigand told The Dodo. “But at the same time, we thought, ‘Maybe they just didn’t know what to do or who to turn to.’”
Instead, they focused on giving Reese much-needed medical attention.
“Reese desperately needed a dental cleaning and several teeth removed as they had a major buildup of tartar and gingivitis,” the Refuge wrote on their Facebook page. “Reese also has mammary masses in both chains, which most likely means she has been used for breeding.”
While the note describes Reese as being bad with kids, the shelter suspects that she was acting out from pain.
But the shelter wasn’t expecting to take in Reese, and knew she would be much better suited to be taken care of by a foster family. They implored their followers to consider taking in the poor dog.
Luckily, Reese found the perfect new home.
Weigand reached out to one of Royal Animal Refuge’s regular foster carers, Robyn Klein. But it was Robyn’s mother, Suzy Reeves, who really took an interest in the dog—who couldn’t have come at a better time.